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Thor's Well



Located at Cape Perpetua Thor's Well is a bowl-shaped hole that is the result of a collapsed sea cave. At high tide, the bowl fills up and sprays sea water...
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Located at Cape Perpetua Thor's Well is a bowl-shaped hole that is the result of a collapsed sea cave. At high tide, the bowl fills up and sprays sea water everywhere- and then the sea sucks it all back down and out into the ocean again. As you can see, the surf was pretty high, so I did not get too close to the opening.

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Nikon D810 ISO31 ƒ-22 1.6sec 17mm © 2017
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chrisdav20
 
chrisdav20 June 22, 2017
love it such a great shot.
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
Thank you Chris! This was a LOT of fun to capture!
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Alfredo_Jose August 08, 2017
Excellent composition, very dramatic!
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
Alfredo, you are too kind! The tide was coming in, so every set of waves got bigger and closer. My wife was 100 feet behind us yelling "Be Careful!" while my daughter was right behind me watching for errant waves. It looks scarier than it was, but around the ocean, you can NEVER bee too careful!
kristieriggspierce
 
kristieriggspierce September 08, 2017
absolutely beautiful
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
Our world is an amazing place!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair September 08, 2017
Amazing work!
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
You are very kind Ali! Thank you!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 08, 2017
Stunning photo!
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
It is an stunnignplace- Go to Oregon!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone September 08, 2017
Beautiful scene and capture!
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2017
Got real lucky!
Bob_Ellis
 
Bob_Ellis September 16, 2017
Exquisite! Very dramatic
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DaveKochPhoto September 17, 2017
Thank you Bob!
Merlot
 
Merlot September 24, 2017
Great gallery with beautiful images
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Darrell-Francis September 27, 2017
excellent photo's all around.
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Thank you Darrell
paragvn
 
paragvn October 02, 2017
awesome!
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DaveKochPhoto October 02, 2017
Thank you Paragvn...
Matt86
 
Matt86 October 15, 2017
wow great shot
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DaveKochPhoto October 15, 2017
Hey Matt! Thank you- it is a COOL place!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 06, 2017
Beautiful long exposure / Voted
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DaveKochPhoto December 07, 2017
Thank you Byron!
hernanifaderagao
 
hernanifaderagao January 29, 2018
Beautiful shot..
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DaveKochPhoto January 29, 2018
Its a real cool place!
vesscooks
 
vesscooks March 01, 2018
Wow!????????????
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DaveKochPhoto March 01, 2018
Thanks!?????? :)
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
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DaveKochPhoto May 14, 2018
Thank you Marc!
Jlbrock831 PRO+
 
Jlbrock831 August 05, 2019
Gorgeous
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DaveKochPhoto August 05, 2019
Thank you I appreciate it!

Behind The Lens

Location
This is at Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast. It is a BIT of a hike.... but not bad. It is not just a matter of getting there- you have to time it right. Too early, and the water does not even come up..... too late and the hole is completely flooded. You want to be there on a rising tide, with the tide about 2/3 of the way in for best results.
Time
Time of day is dictated by the tides. Ideally, you want to get it at sunset.... but the well is so photogenic on it's own, you dont really NEED a sunset. Like most any landscape, its just a matter of getting lucky. This specific image is good, but not lucky; I have been back since and gotten better backgrounds....
Lighting
Again, just get lucky. I would say, as a matter of encouragement, I see too many photographers get somewhere and the sky is socked in or something, so they give up and walk away. DON'T! So many of my best pictures I thought has horrible skies, but I did not give up and ended up with something spectacular. And if you don't, work what you get into what you shoot. Don't like the sky, THEN DON'T SHOOT IT!!!! Don't walk away... re-eval;uate your shot!
Equipment
Tripod is a must. A remote wouldn't hurt. Wide angle required.... I shot at 17mm. Since you wuill probably want to smear the water, you will also need a polarizer, ND, or big stopper to cut the light and drag the shutter..
Inspiration
I just look for what I consider to be the best comp and try and shoot that. You can't always tell from the viewfinder.... so always good to shoot a few different comps to get the final.
Editing
This was (as I recall) three images merged. I liked the shape of different exposures so I combined what I liked the best into the master image. Chroma is probably a little to hot for my current tastes....
In my camera bag
I keep a couple bags for different uses. This was my FF bag, which has a D810, a 15-30, a 70-200 and a 24-70 in it. RRS mount and ball head. wireless remote. I used a wide (140mm) poolarizer.
Feedback
First, check the tide tables. Plan on spending an hour here, longer if you want. Shoot a LOT- time exposures all vary, and you will want as many options as you can get! Take your time and enjoy this coastline, it is one of the great pleasures in life!

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